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A Eureka moment, also known as that "Aha!" moment, is that sudden realisation that you found a solution to a problem.


Eureka loosely translates to "I have found it!" It is that sudden clarity you feel at solving a puzzle or understanding a problem. Eureka moments appear out of nowhere when you are not consciously thinking about the problem.

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The science of eureka moments

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The framing effect

The framing effect is a cognitive bias where people decide on options based on whether they are presented in a positive or negative way. Do you prefer your yoghurt with 10% fat or 90% fat-free?

Knowing about the framing effect is vital. It is one of the most significant biases in decision making and particularly important in health care and financial decisions.

Framing effect: how the way information is framed impacts our decisions

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Reading Books Is Like Changing Your Past
  • Gaining knowledge isn’t the only reason we have to read books.
  • A good book read with curiosity and an open mind can change our life.
  • Reading books is like updating the software inside your brain, and a good book gives us new ways to interpret our past and present life.
  • It is also a good idea to quit reading books that serve no purpose, as the opportunity cost is high.
  • Life is short and should be spent reading the best books possible.
  • Read the good ones more than once.

Reading Comprehension: How to Retain More of Every Book You Read

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The new reality of success: embracing a diverse range of skills and experiences to thrive in the increasingly complex world.

Great men like Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs and Leonardo Da Vinci were not masters, but had a ‘talent stack’ of a range of skills. These Polymaths were having cross-discipline expertise, which turned out to be infinitely better than having complete knowledge of one single field of work.

Morning Pages for a productive day

The Morning Pages technique acts as a mind dump to get rid of the clutter in your brain.

  • Every morning, take a pen and 3 blank pages and fill up those free blank pages with words.
  • This makes you slow down at the start of the day and clear your mind of all the junk that's floating around in it.

Write "Morning Pages" by Hand Every Day to Boost Productivity

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Intelligence is not genius

Genius is not about having an extraordinarily high IQ, or even about being smart. It is not about finishing Mensa exercises in record time or mastering fourteen languages at the age of seven.

Geniuses think productively, not reproductively. They ask "How many different ways can I look at it?" not "What have I been taught by someone else on how to solve this?"

The Creativity Post | How Geniuses Think

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Learning = Habits

We know that learning is about knowledge, information, and skills; while habits are routines, behaviors, and actions. But the two are actually quite similar to each other.

Habit and learning have the same equation used when dealing with specific situations:

  • Habit: "When X happens, I do Y."
  • Learning: "When A is mentioned, in context of whatever is asked of A, I produce the correct answer that is B."

Both habit and learning are complicated with varying responses but often have an automated response.

The Hidden Connection Between Habits and Learning

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Reverse Brainstorming

Reverse brainstorming is used when it is difficult to identify solutions to the problem directly. It involves combining brainstorming and reversal techniques.

Start with one of two reverse questions.

  • Instead of asking "How do I solve or prevent this problem?" ask, "How could I cause the problem?"
  • Instead of asking "How do I achieve these results?" ask, "How could I achieve the opposite?"

Reverse Brainstorming: A Different Approach to Brainstorming

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  1. Get clear on your outcomes.
  2. Write down all of your options, including those that initially may sound far fetched. 
  3. Know the pros and cons of every option listed.
  4. Evaluate your options, review the consequences and eliminate accordingly.
  5. Review the downside consequences for remaining options. 
  6. Based on the most probable consequences, select the option that provides the greatest certainty that you will meet your desired outcomes and needs.

Tony Robbins Says Trying to Be Perfect Is ‘Insane'

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Mental Models

The way you look at how something works in the real world is called a mental model. It’s your thinking framework about something.

But when we make decisions, we often don’t think about our framework and immediately jump to a discussion about potential outcomes.

Mental Models and Making Decisions You Don't Regret

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